Introduction: How to Make Moon Lamp

Moon lamps have become a real trend recently, and understandably so: just imagine the mysteriously magical atmosphere of a dark room illuminated by its own full moon.

We have found a way for you to work this magic at home with your own hands. The dream’s ready to come true, so let’s roll!

Step 1: You Will Need

You will need:

  • A big balloon (a ball of thin rubber will also work)
  • Glue
  • Paper towels
  • A felt-tip pen and some plastic dishes
  • A lamp with a socket
  • A brush
  • A rough sponge
  • Ochre and ivory acrylic paints

Step 2:

Inflate a round (not oblong) balloon and draw a circle around the knot with a felt-tip pen (see image below).

Step 3:

Dilute the glue 1:1 in water. Plunge the balloon into the glue as shown in the image - alternatively you may paint over it with a brush.

Step 4:

Using a brush, cover the balloon with pieces of paper towel - this technique is known as papier-mache. Once finished brush all the imperfections from the surface of the balloon away. And glue pieces of the paper towel onto it twice more. This will ensure that the balloon remains hard and opaque.

Step 5:

Once it has dried, paint over with ivory acrylic paint or another similar color - to get the shade of the moon you may also try mix white and ochre paints together.

Step 6:

Using a sponge with large pores, dip it into the paint and stamp over the whole balloon. In some areas, apply more force and stamp that area twice. Use pictures on the internet to help guide you and get a realistic pattern

Step 7:

Once dried, use a knife to cut out the circle you marked at the beginning and remove the balloon from the shape so that only the paper is left. Place a lamp with a socket inside the moon. Turn the lights off and enjoy its soft glow.

Step 8:

Turn the lights off.

Now you can enjoy the warm ochre glow of your very own moon!